Environmental Stewardship

John Dorner, PhD, Liaison for Environmental Stewardship, encourages and supports the education of the faith community regarding the moral imperative for all to serve as Stewards of Creation. He assists parishes in the implementation of ecological initiatives, both at the church and in homes. He serves as liaison with Catholic schools and Catholic and interfaith organizations in the promotion of ecological responsibility, support for the poor, and a healthy planet for our children and future generations.
For more information please contact: Dr. John Dorner

This section of the Archdiocesan website includes eight components. Please click on the relevant words to access the page of interest.

Lent – What matters most in life?

Fasting and abstinence during Lent can take many forms. In our consumer society, we are encouraged to have more "stuff", without considering the impact of consumerism on all life within God’s creation, especially the poor. The Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative provides questions and a prayer for us to consider in Lent:  During Lent we often plan to give up something - how do our actions or sacrifices help others? How are our acts of charity connected to justice? Are we taking the time to allow silence to speak in our hearts? Let us pray, “Lord our God, in our fasting, help us to avoid the temptations of earthly pleasures so that we can see more clearly the treasures of Your Kingdom”.

The joy of the Gospel – Care for creation

In his newly released apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls on us to care for all creation. He writes, “I am speaking of creation as a whole. We human beings are not only the beneficiaries, but also the stewards of other creatures. Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations... Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.”

Faith and inter-generational solidarity
The photo shows a great-grandfather with his great-grandchild, an age difference of close to 90 years. Imagine the changes that have taken place on our planet in those years! There are two generations in between these two people. Who has made a difference in the state of our environment? Who is making a difference today? Who will make a difference in the future? Can all generations work together to make a positive difference? Yes!

The Council on Aging of Ottawa and Sheng Shen Chinese Community Catholic Church have recently held events that recognize the importance of intergenerational solidarity in promoting care for God’s creation. For further information, visit the Greening Sacred Spaces website.

World Day to combat desertification

The United Nations General Assembly has declared June 17 as World Day to Combat Desertification. Increasing desertification is taking place in many countries, especially in Africa. This year’s World Day theme is drought and water scarcity. We thank those who have contributed to Development and Peace which has supported projects in the Sahel region of Africa that help communities recover from drought and pave the way for ongoing development.

Grants towards more efficient and less costly lighting

Efforts are currently underway to have parishes take advantage of the Small Business Lighting Grant that supports moving from low efficiency to high efficiency lighting. At this time, parishes that are billed through Hydro One are asked to email their Hydro One account number to John Dorner (jdorner@archottawa.ca). Each parish will subsequently be informed as to its eligibility for the $1,500 grant towards lighting retrofits. For further information contact John Dorner (613-738-5025, ext. 251).

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